Public Health England has released a new report on electronic cigarettes and it is perhaps the most honest and intelligent examination so far of the health ramifications of electronic cigarette use. The examination not just delves into the benefits and absence of dangers of electronic cigarette use, however it directly refutes the misleading and often patently false data being bantered about in the headlines.
The full 113-page document, E-cigarettes: an evidence update is available for download at the UK government site, however, the accompanying outline is taken directly from the “key messages” in it.
1. Smokers who have tried other methods of stopping without success could be encouraged to attempt e-cigarettes (EC) to quit smoking and quit smoking services should bolster smokers utilizing EC to stop by offering them behavioural help.
It is just unfathomable to me that any health professional would attempt to demonize electronic cigarettes when what they ought to be doing is giving them out to any smoker that needs to attempt one. E-cigs are the best smoking cessation help to come along and ought to be treated all things considered.
2. Encouraging smokers who can’t or don’t have any desire to quit smoking to change to EC could help reduce smoking-related disease, death and health inequalities.
Easy decision here. There is no question that electronic cigarettes eliminate a large portion of the destructive ingredients and chemicals found in cigarettes.
3. There is no evidence that EC is undermining the long haul decline in cigarette smoking among grown-ups and youth, and may, in reality, be adding to it. Despite some experimentation with EC among never smokers, EC is drawing in very few people who have never smoked into regular EC use.
In a direct rebuttal to the scare-mongering headlines, this General Health England acknowledges the way that there is no evidence to help the idea that people begin smoking after attempting an electronic cigarette. Any vapour will tell you that smoking a cigarette is nauseating after changing to e-cigs, and it’s difficult to believe that a non-smoker would take a stab at vaping and afterwards energetically change to a more expensive, foul tasting and smelly cigarette instead.
4. Recent studies bolster the Cochrane Review discoveries that EC can help people to stop smoking and reduce their cigarette utilization. There is likewise evidence that EC can encourage stopping or cigarette utilization reduction even among those not intending to stop or rejecting other help. More research is needed in this area.
I can speak to this one personally. I had no intention of stopping a 20-year pack-a-day propensity when I picked up my first electronic cigarette. I got it solely for those times that it was inconvenient to smoke. Inside a week I had “accidentally” quit smoking.
5. When used as intended, EC poses no danger of nicotine harming to users, however e-liquids ought to be in ‘childproof’ bundling. The exactness of nicotine content labelling currently raises no significant concerns.
Once more, an easy decision. The deception in the press is just wrong on the dangers of nicotine harming. Treated with a degree of alert around children and creatures, it essentially isn’t that dangerous.
6. There has been an overall move towards the inaccurate perception of EC being as unsafe as cigarettes over the most recent year as opposed to the current expert estimate that utilizing EC is around 95% safer than smoking.
Approve, the “more dangerous than cigarettes” headlines don’t even deserve a response. Hopefully, the vast majority can see them as the level of lies that they may be. The “95% safer” part is one of the best takeaways from this examination, however. We have known for a considerable length of time that electronic cigarettes are magnitudes safer than conventional cigarettes and that they contain nearly none of the huge number of destructive chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes. It’s great to be able to see a real numerical examination from such a reputable association.
7. While protecting non-smoking children and ensuring the items on the market are as safe and effective as possible are clearly essential objectives, new regulations currently planned ought to likewise maximize the general health opportunities of EC.
You could likewise read this as “don’t let fretting about whether children will attempt them get in the method for sparing grown-ups.” I am passionate about telling any child that will listen to never attempt any nicotine in any shape, however taking a lifesaving technology off the market because kids like strawberry flavours are ludicrous.
8. Continued vigilance and research in this area are needed.
We don’t have the foggiest idea about everything to know because the technology hasn’t been around long enough. My personal standpoint is that there has been a ton of huge money tossed at discovering something amiss with electronic cigarettes and we haven’t heard about the majority of the studies that discovered nothing. That is sufficient for me, yet we do need to continue to search for destructive side effects.
A breath of fresh air
This investigation is a breath of fresh air both for its seemingly accurate assessment of the potential benefits of electronic cigarette use and additionally its willingness to directly invalidate the falsehood that gets such huge numbers of headlines. Let’s hope that a healthy dose of truth can make some headlines too.